Our Husband, Dad and Grandfather, Walter Otis “Walt” Mansfield, 89, of Gonzales made his final journey home to be with our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Walt was born during the great depression on September 27, 1932, to Otis and Iva Dugan Mansfield in the small town of Clay Center, Kansas. After he graduated from high school Walt joined the United States Air Force where he served for 24 years before retirement. Walt worked as an Aircraft and Engine Mechanic, a Certified Specialist and Crew Chief/NCOIC over the B-29 SuperFortress, Convair B-36 “Peacemaker”, Boeing B-47 Stratojet, B-52 Stratofortress, Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, and Lockheed C-141 Starlifter. He continued his work throughout his career at the Naval Aviation Depot in Alameda, California until his retirement. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.
He loved the Lord and served as a deacon with Eastside Baptist Church. He and Rebecca prepared many meals for functions, set up for wedding receptions and church gatherings and helped those in need throughout their years together in Gonzales.
Walt enjoyed restoring cars, woodworking and completely restored their historic home in Gonzales. He could build just about anything. If Rebecca could dream it up, he would finish it. When football season came around, you could find him in his recliner, remote in hand, Rebecca by his side, watching his favorite team – The Dallas Cowboys. Each Thanksgiving Day, it was a tradition to cheer them on with all his sons close by. Papa Walt loved time with his multitude of grandchildren. Most of all he was a devoted loving husband, dad and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years Rebecca Strickland Mansfield of Gonzales; daughter Tina Lopez and husband Leonard of Yoakum; sons David Mansfield and wife Lisa of Schroeder, Michael Mansfield of Cuero, Patrick Tucker and wife Sissy of Luling, Bobby Joe Brown and wife Claudia of San Antonio, Gerald Wayne Brown Sr. and wife Ranee of Corpus Christi and Troy Dale Mansfield and wife Amy of Gonzales; 27 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Wilma Copeland. We give thanks to our Lord for the time He allowed us to spend with Walter, Dad, and Paw Paw Walt. He will forever remain in our hearts. May he rest in Peace in the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ.
Visitation was held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, November 15, 2021, at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at the Eastside Baptist Church with Reverend Robert Ramirez officiating. Private family interment will be held at Fort Sam National Cemetery later.
The family would appreciate the sharing of any stories you may have about Walt. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, you may donate in Walt’s name to Samaritan’s Purse.
Please follow the link below to his memorial page: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/memorial-page/walter-otis-mansfield-gonzales-tx/